Free Wi-Fi Drives Camping Surge at Michigan Park

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The Van Riper State Park in Champion, Mich., has experienced an increase in volume of about 12% compared to last year, WLUC-TV, Negaunee, Mich., reported. A lot of the campers are from the Upper Peninsula, but there has been a fair share of out-of-state campers as well. Rangers believe the increase is due mainly to the weather, but technology at the park also plays a role. “It’s due to our free Wi-Fi connection that we have in the campground,” said Ranger Scott Slavin. “Anywhere... Read more

Maryland RV Park Plan Gets First OK

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Washington County Planning Commission members Monday night (Aug. 30) recommended that 40 acres along Orchard Ridge Road east of Hancock, Md., be rezoned to allow for a 60-site campground, the Hagerstown Herald-Mail reported. Some residents who live near the planned campground north of Millstone Circle spoke against the project during a planning commission public meeting Aug. 2. Jill Baker, a senior county planner, told the planning commission Monday night that there is a petition bearing 230 signatures... Read more

Harrisburg RV Park/Casino Plan Gets Hearing

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RV owners would have a place to pull off the road, park in the shade and head for slot machines and craps tables if an applicant for a resort casino license for a Holiday Inn near Harrisburg, Pa., wins a nod from Pennsylvania regulators, the Scranton Times-Tribune reported. Penn Harris Gaming, which includes Atlantic City attorneys among its investors, wants to transform a Holiday Inn on a busy commercial strip 10 miles west of Harrisburg into a $75 million resort casino featuring an “RV World.” The... Read more

Campground in 4th Week Without Electricity

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The electric has been shut off for four weeks at Otter Creek Campground in Lower Chanceford Township near York, Pa., and it’s because the park is struggling financially in light of the economy, director Lori Heiland said Monday (Aug. 30), the York Daily Record reported. Camping has been down considerably for the past three years, she said. The family-operated business does not have all-inclusive amenities, such as a swimming pool, that other campgrounds do. The campground is trying to remedy... Read more

Minnesota State Parks Leads in National Contest

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The recent contest hosted by the National Park Foundation and Coca Cola where you can vote for your favorite park is showing some surprising results, notes Lauren Himiak in the National and State Parks blog, So far, a little known state park is beating out other well-known state and national parks for the $100K top prize. Meet Bear Head Lake State Park in Minnesota. The contest ends Tuesday (Aug. 31) and so far, the park had racked up more than 1.48 million votes, a half-million... Read more

Gasoline Prices Fall Ahead of Labor Day

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There is good news at the gas pump, as Americans get ready to fill their cars, RVs and boats for the Labor Day weekend, Associated Press reported. The national average price for gasoline has been falling steadily this month, reaching $2.678 for a gallon of unleaded today (Aug. 30), according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. That’s about 6 cents a gallon less than a month ago and 7 cents less than it was on the Friday before the July Fourth weekend. West Coast drivers... Read more

Halloween Season Arrives at Nova Scotia Campground

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Halloween came early this year at Wide Open Wilderness Campground in Urbania, Nova Scotia. Watch today’s Featured Video to see how this campground, located near the Bay of Fundy, celebrates the occasion. Note: the campground is open May 15 through Oct. 10. Share this:LinkedInEmailFacebook Read More →

‘Staycationers’ Hike Occupancy at W. Va. Campground

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More vacationers are opting for a more rustic getaway than in years past, say rangers at West Virginia’s Kanawha State Forest, where campground usage has increased from last year, the Charleston Daily Mail reported. Kevin Dials, assistant superintendent at Kanawha State Forest, said they had 25% occupancy at the park’s campground for June and July, an increase from the 10% occupancy the park had seen in the last two to three years. The crowd at the campground was “moderate,”... Read more

Texas City OK’s RV Park Development Plan

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Holiday RV Park, College Station, Texas More RV owners may soon be calling College Station, Texas, home after the city council voted last week to change an ordinance to allow RV parks in the city, the Bryan-College Station Eagle reported. RV parks were not allowed in the city limits under the previous ordinance. The 5-1 vote will allow the owner of the city’s only existing such park to pursue expansion plans. Holiday RV Park on Harvey Mitchell Parkway had been considered a non-conforming business... Read more

Neighbors Fear RV Park/Casino Plan

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Click here to watch a video, courtesy of WHP-TV, Harrisburg, Pa., about neighborhood reaction to a proposal to put a casino and RV park in a Holiday Inn in Pennsylvania. A hearing on the matter is scheduled today. “This is a nice neighborhood,” Scott Blumanstock, who lives near proposed casino site in Pennsylvania, told WHP-TV, Harrisburg. If a casino/RV world happens near a Hampden Township neighborhood, people who live there fear it won’t be so nice anymore. ” I’m... Read more

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